NETA Auto selects NVIDIA DRIVE Orin for AI-powered vehicles

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NETA Auto, a Zheijiang-based electric car manufacturer, announced it would build future electric vehicles using the NVIDIA DRIVE Orin platform.

In a statement, NVIDIA said these EVs would be software-defined, with automatic driving and sophisticated features that can be updated over-the-air.

Thousands of new customers will now have access to next-generation car technologies. NETA has led battery-EV sales among new market entrants for the past three months, delivering 200,000 EVs since production began in late 2018, according to NVIDIA.

NETA’s goal is to make travel more enjoyable by utilising innovative technologies that deviate from the usual. NETA vehicles have 5G connectivity and digital assistants.

NETA Auto unveiled the Shanhai Platform, an independently created smart automotive architecture, last year. The NETA S, the first model based on this technology, was released in July.

These vehicles will have centralised, high-performance compute with the inclusion of DRIVE Orin, enabling even greater capabilities.

Street Smarts

According to NVIDIA, traditionally, incorporating cutting-edge technology into new automobiles necessitates lengthy product cycles and the updating of distributed computers throughout the vehicle.

This method has been redesigned using centralised, software-defined computation. The intelligent features of the car are powered by a single, high-performance AI compute platform. When new software is produced and certified, it can be deployed via over-the-air updates, even after the vehicle has been driven away from the dealership.

The DRIVE Orin system-on-a-chip performs 254 trillion operations per second, which is more than enough computational power for a software-defined architecture. It is intended to handle the enormous number of apps and deep neural networks that run in autonomous vehicles at the same time, while meeting systematic safety standards such as ISO 26262 ASIL-D.

NVIDIA said DRIVE Orin’s performance would give NETA vehicles a level of performance that has no equal.

Aiming Higher

Along with using DRIVE Orin to design its vehicles, NETA is collaborating with NVIDIA technologies to provide cutting-edge autonomous driving capabilities.

The businesses are working together to design and create a centralised platform for cross-domain fusion computing for level 4 autonomy.

“NETA Auto is at a new stage of development and sees technological innovation as one of the biggest enablers moving their industry forwards. The close cooperation with NVIDIA will give NETA Auto a strong boost in bringing intelligent, technology-rich vehicles to market worldwide,” NETA CEO and co-founder Zhang Yong said.


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